Sport psychology education for sport injury rehabilitation professionals: a systematic review

Heaney, Caroline A.; Walker, Natalie C.; Green, Alison J. K. and Rostron, Claire L. (2015). Sport psychology education for sport injury rehabilitation professionals: a systematic review. Physical Therapy in Sport, 16(1) pp. 72–79.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.04.001

Abstract

Sport psychology education has been shown to have a positive impact on the practice of sport injury rehabilitation professionals (SIRPs). The purpose of this paper is to review recommendations relating to such education. This paper presents a review of existing literature relating to the content and mode of delivery for a sport psychology education programme for SIRPs. The review seeks to address four questions: (1) What topic areas do researchers suggest should be integrated into the sport psychology education of SIRPs?, (2) What topic areas are currently being recommended by professional bodies?, (3) What are the findings of research examining the impact of sport psychology education on SIRPs?, and (4) What do researchers recommend to be the most appropriate mode of delivery for sport psychology education for SIRPs? The findings of the review suggest that in order to maximise adherence amongst already qualified SIRPs sport psychology education should be delivered in a flexible short duration package. Additionally three broad areas that sport psychology education should cover emerged: (1) understanding of the psychological impact of injury, (2) interventions and psychological skills/techniques, and (3) referral and professional boundaries. This has important implications for the future training of SIRPs.

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